The US will withdraw 500 troops from Iraq and thousands from Afghanistan – leaving around 2,500 soldiers in each country – before President Donald Trump leaves office, Acting Secretary of Defense Chris Miller has announced.

In a press briefing on Tuesday, Miller said the troop withdrawals will take place before January 15, 2021.

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